The doctorate program in health administration provides health professionals with the skill sets demanded by today's healthcare environment. The only certainty is uncertainty. Our program provides trainees with a solid didactic preparation as well as training in health analytics and critical thinking. It is these skill sets that are a hallmark of our program. Graduates are trained to critically appraise and evaluate complex situations.
The above skills sets are transferred through extensive preparation in research and analysis, epidemiology, organizational behavior, law and policy, and finance. With an EdD in health administration from D'Youville, graduates will be prepared to meet the increasing demand in all sectors of healthcare including academic, health care based, and government. D'Youville graduates have gone on to assume leadership roles in the healthcare industry, as well as attaining faculty positions in institutions of higher learning.
The curriculum involves 72 hours of advanced graduate work. The curriculum is comprised of a mix of coursework in healthcare organization, finance, law, policy, epidemiology, analytics, and research methods.
Course Requirements for the Program
|DHA-608||Research Methods & Design||3|
|DHA-615||Health Systems Organization & Management||3|
|DHA-616||HR Mgt in Health Care Organizations||3|
|DHA-648||Introduction to Health Care Finance||3|
|DHA-649||Applications of Health Care Finance||3|
|DHA-652||Health Care Economics||3|
|DHA-653||Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care||3|
|DHA-657||Advanced Decision Making||3|
|DHA-669||Improving Performance of Health Systems||3|
|DHA-703||Law and Policy||3|
|DHA-707||Eval Health Care System||3|
|DHA-708||Design of Inquiry||3|
|DHA-800||Advanced Research Methods||3|
|DHA-801||Proposal Identification Dissertation||6|
800-level may only be initiated after successful completion of the comprehensive exam.
Twenty-four (24) credit hours are eligible for transfer, if applicable to coursework.
In addition to the listed coursework, students are also required to do the following:
- Successfully pass a comprehensive examination at the completion of the required coursework. Students must successfully pass the comprehensive examination before proceeding to take Advanced Research Methods (DHA-800). Students who fail the comprehensive examination on their first attempt may retake the exam once. The retake will be given at the next time the comprehensive exam is offered to all students. Students who fail the exam the second attempt will be dismissed from the program. The comprehensive exam is offered at the close of the fall and spring semester.
- Present a defense of the dissertation proposal and completed dissertation, and make a public presentation of their work.
In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate programs, the following applies for the Ed.D. program in health administration:
A student’s academic standing is determined by the cumulative quality point average (G.P.A.). Graduate and doctoral students are expected to maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or above. A student who has less than a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. at any time is placed on academic probation for one semester. At the end of the probation semester, the student’s file is reviewed by the program's student progress committee. If the student’s cumulative G.P.A. is a minimum of 3.0, the student is automatically removed from probation. If a student does not achieve the 3.0 G.P.A., the program student progress committee will either dismiss the student from the program immediately or continue the student on probation for one more semester. If a minimum of 3.0 is not then achieved, dismissal is automatic.
A student who receives less than a C or fails a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory course must repeat the course unless he or she has been dismissed. A course may be repeated one time only. A student may be on probation no more than two semesters during the entire graduate program.
A student who maintains a minimum of a 3.0 average but receives a third grade of C or lower will be reviewed by the program graduate committee for a recommendation regarding continuation in the program. An appeal to any of the above may be made by following the grievance procedures found in the D’Youville College calendar and resource guide.
Grades Below B Policy
All grades of B or higher are applicable to the Health Administration EdD Program at D’Youville College. Up to six credits of grades lower than a B (B-, C+ or C) may be applied to the doctoral degree. Grades of C- or lower are not applicable to the Health Administration EdD program.
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria but have an graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and show promise, will be reviewed on an individual basis by the admissions committee and may be admitted provisionally. While on provisional status students must meet all academic requirements of the program and must either receive grades of B or better in their first four courses in the Health Administration EdD Program or earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in the first four courses in the Health Administration EdD program. Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.
Students enrolled in the doctoral programs who receive a grade of B- or below will be notified in writing that they have been placed on academic probation. Academic probation will then apply to the next semester of their enrollment, including summer semesters. Students who have been placed on academic probation must successfully complete all coursework with grades of B or higher in the next semester of their enrollment in order to be removed from academic probation. Students who have been placed on academic probation, and receive a grade of B- or below for any course taken in the next semester of their enrollment, are at risk for dismissal from the program. Students who are taking coursework, and are carrying an I (Incomplete) grade from any previous doctoral coursework, and who have a grade of B- or below submitted to replace any I grade, will immediately be placed on academic probation for the current semester of their enrollment.
Doctoral Policies on Student Misconduct
In addition to the college’s policy regarding academic integrity (see the academic catalog), the doctoral programs affirm that students enrolled in any of D’Youville College’s doctoral programs are expected to demonstrate the highest standards of personal behavior and professional conduct in academic and educational environments. Dishonesty or misconduct in any form, whether academic or professional, will not be tolerated by program faculty. Unprofessional behavior in any educational setting, including on- or off campus fieldwork experiences, may result in failure of the course regardless of the mastery of all other course requirements, and may result in immediate dismissal from the program.
Students may appeal the committee’s decision to the director of doctoral programs.
To appeal a decision rendered by the School of Health Professions faculty/administration that has academic consequences, you must follow the appeal procedures which are available at www.dyc.edu/appeals.
Applicants should forward the following materials to the graduate admissions office:
- A completed doctoral application with a non-refundable application fee.
- All official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
- Two letters of reference from graduate professors and employers/ supervisors focusing on the applicant’s potential for success in the doctoral program.
- Completion of a master’s degree, with a minimum of 30 graduate credit-hours with grades of B or better.
- Evidence of active involvement in the health care field (preferably over a period of at least two years), including demonstration of leadership and professionalism in health policy or education.
- Minimum graduate grade point average of 3.20 (based on a 4.0 system).
- A brief biographical sketch (500- 1,000 words) and written statement of goals for pursuing doctoral study.
- Students are strongly encouraged to have taken an undergraduate accounting course prior to program admission
Applications for admission are considered on a competitive basis.
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria but have a graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and show promise, will be reviewed on an individual basis by the admissions committee and may be admitted provisionally. While on provisional status, the student must meet all academic requirements of the program and must receive grades of B or better in the first four courses of the program. Failure to meet this standard will result in dismissal without probation.
Students may transfer up to 24 graduate credits with a grade of B or better at the discretion of the program director or department chair. Credits must be from an accredited institution in courses appropriate to the program.